book·​mak·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce bookmaker (audio) \

Definition of bookmaker

1 : a printer, binder, or designer of books
2 : a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

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bookmaking \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce bookmaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of bookmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bookmakers are looking for L.A.F.C. to finish the job this year, with its top challenges coming from Seattle, the defending league champion, and Atlanta, which lifted the trophy in 2018. New York Times, "M.L.S. Hits Two Milestones: 25 Years and 26 Teams," 28 Feb. 2020 Having a league's official data serves as the last word for bettors and bookmakers. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "DraftKings sports gambler sues MLB over sign-stealing scandal," 24 Jan. 2020 Oddsmakers expect the Super Bowl to be close, with the Chiefs as 1.5-point favorites, according to the bookmaker William Hill. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "San Francisco 49ers to Face Chiefs in Super Bowl After Overcoming Packers," 20 Jan. 2020 Though Manchester City has never won the Champions League, the bookmakers have Guardiola's side as favorite to lift the trophy this season. Matias Grez, CNN, "Champions League draw: Manchester City faces Real Madrid in 'morbid clash'," 16 Dec. 2019 The 76ers are slightly better than the Celtics in games bookmakers project will be close. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics odds, picks and best bets," 1 Feb. 2020 There’s no value in betting the Roughnecks at -278, and the bookmakers know little more than fans heading into this first slate of XFL games. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks XFL odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 The former vice president spent the first half of last year as the front-runner, according to bookmakers, before being overtaken by Harris, the California senator, amid mounting Republican attacks about Biden's health, record in office, and family. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden becomes bookies' favorite for nomination but trails Trump in election odds," 9 Jan. 2020 An afternoon of local and regional artists, designers, printers, publishers, bookmakers, zine-sters and live printmaking, Spf'19 takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Projects Gallery in FAT Village (521 NW First Ave. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: The Wharf Fort Lauderdale opening, ‘Whiskey on Beer,’ Father Christmas in Boca Raton," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bookmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookmaker

: a person who decides how likely it is that an event will occur (such as the winning of a race by a particular horse) and receives and pays off bets about it


book·​mak·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce bookmaker (audio) \

Legal Definition of bookmaker

: a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

called also bookie

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